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    February 16, 2013
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piers is back on monday keeping america great with the president's day schedule. presidential decendents on the state of the union. i'm ashley banfield, thanks for watching, everyone. from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is "early start weekend," great to see you. one space object made a direct hit. now a meteor alert system is
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crucial says some scientists. and why the blade runner's murder charge has jolted a nation and put nike on defense now. what if the difference between life and death was solved? that's what a new study is saying. we're going to ask a nutrition and fitness expert about this. it is saturday, february 16th, good morning to you, i'm susan hendricks, randi and victor are off today. facebook being the latest company to be the victim of an internet hacking attack. some of their computers were infected by malware in january but no user information was compromised. in the last month, hackers have gone after twitter, the "new york times" and the "wall street journal." how about this? we survived the near miss from an asteroid. this is what it looked like through a high-powered
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telescope. now, remember, when i say near miss, that's in space terms. it was actually around 17,000 miles away. it's called 2012 da14, about half the size of a football field. and on the right-hand side of your screen is a small fire ball over san francisco. it's likely a small meteor burning up in the atmosphere. but given what happened in russia this week, you can imagine the concern for those who saw it passing overhead. this morning, they are cleaning up in russia's mountain region. that is where a meteor exploded on friday morning. cnn's phil black joins me now. and the shock wave blew out windows, injured around 1,000 people, it really looked like a scene from a movie. how were they feeling and coping today there? >> reporter: well, they're recovering, susan, slowly but steadily. most of the damage, although quite widespread is not serious. it's largely windows, glasses that were sprayed and broken.
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some buildings lost a few, some lost most of them, some lost not at all. a few buildings have much more serious examples of damage like the ice rink behind me. there locals say that section of the wall was actually blown in by that shock wave from the meteor. but the cleanup and recovery operation is very much underway and it's likely within a week or so there aren't going to be too many scars from the close encounter. the people, themselves, they're recovering slowly, as well. we now around 1,000 of them suffered physical injuries. most of them, in fact, all of them not very serious. what they talk about is the fear, the terror of those few moments where they really had no idea what was going on. when they first saw the bright lights in the sky, those trails of smoke across the sky, as well. they say they were awe struck and certainly scared. not sure what it was. then moments later, that shock wave hit. and that is when they felt true
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terror, panic, chaos, people screaming and crying, running around the streets, really having no idea what the cause of this was. they did not think it was of natural origin. they thought it was a human problem, either a weapons test gone wrong, perhaps a nuclear accident or an attack of some kind. that's what people have been telling us today. now, though, they are much relieved to be fairly certain in the knowledge this was just a cosmic coincidence, a chance encounter with an object from space. >> yeah, it's amazing that more people weren't seriously injured. there's an earlier meteor warning system being worked on in the u.s., phil. is russia considering something like that? have you heard anything? >> reporter: russia is certainly very worried about asteroids that pose a threat to the planet. but much of the scientific opinion that has been expressed here and around the world over the last 24 hours or so is that meteors of the size that were seen here are not easily detected or prevented.
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scientists say they enter the atmosphere quite routinely. but usually it takes place over the ocean or less populated areas or whatever noise they create, it simply goes unnoticed. what makes this such a rare event is it took place over this very sizable city, susan. >> i can't imagine seeing that, the fear and panic they felt. phil black, thank you, appreciate it. to the scene now, this didn't take long. a passenger stranded with thousands of others aboard the disabled carnival "triumph" is suing carnival for negligence, fraud, and emotional distress. calls the ship, quote, a floating hell and floating toilet. she says she was forced to walk through feces to get to long lines for food. carnival cannot comment yet. meanwhile, the travel nightmare didn't end for some of the passengers even after they finally got off the ship in
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mobile, alabama. can you believe this one? a bus taking some of them to new orleans broke down on the highway. listen here. >> basically we were driving down the road, we're thinking we're going to get in this warm bed we're going to have a hot shower, a good meal, and he starts pulling over to the side of the road rattling in the back, he gets out and a belt's come loose, you know. we're there for about an hour before we take off and don't get until 5:00 a.m. >> he must have been thinking, is this really happening? he finally made it to the airport, his plane for galveston, texas, didn't take off for hours. that was delayed too. >> on this flight that was supposed to leave at 8:30, and i'm on my phone and not paying attention and all of a sudden i look down at my watch and it's 9:30, 9:45, it's an hour and 15 minutes past we're supposed to leave and i didn't know what was going on. i didn't know what happened. but when i landed, one of my
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friends onboard said i can't believe it happened to us again. she was on the bus and said it was an electrical problem and that's what caused the delay. and it just -- it's a domino effect. the ship wreck, bus breaks and then the plane. >> jacob says he's going to enjoy the sun and kick back at the beach for a little bit before heading back to work. jesse jackson jr. now admits he used campaign funds for personal expenses. he reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. jackson and his wife were accused of using around $750,000 from his campaign on things like furs, michael jackson memorabilia, as well. they will pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars and could still face prison time. in chicago, president obama again called on congress to act on his gun control proposals. the president spoke about gun violence at a high school in his hometown. president obama said it's not just a gun issue, it's also an issue of community and
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responsibility. the president also talked about one of chicago's victims of gun violence. 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. >> it's not unique, it's not unique to chicago, it's not unique to this country. too many of our children are being taken away from us. >> remember hadiya was gunned down just days after performing at the president's inauguration. her parents were at yesterday's speech as well as tuesday's state of the union address. and on the subject of guns, we know now how christopher dorner's life came to an end earlier this week. it wasn't from smoke or fire from the burning cabin but from a single gun shot wound to the head. nick valencia has been following this story closely. that answers the question. but whose bullet was it? could it have been suicide? a bullet from police? >> well, the autopsy reveals, susan, he likely died to a
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single gun shot wound to the head. but the way things played out in the final moments, there's a lot of questions. that cabin was intentionally set fire to by police. was it a gun shot wound from one of the police officers from the san bernardino sheriff's department? we don't know. but police said they had nothing to do with that fire. >> while we're still compiling the information and putting our reports together, the information that we have right now seems to indicate that the wound that took christopher dorner's life was self-inflicted. >> now in his manifesto, dorner said he would not live long enough to see his name cleared and wasn't lying. also in that press conference, police showed the weapons that dorner was using and found the weapons in places he occupied. assault weapons, semiautomatic handguns, tear gas, military style helmet and ten silencers. this was a heavily armed
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individual. >> that final day in big bear was nothing less than terrorizing for so many. there was a $1 million reward offered in the hunt for dorner. will anyone get this? >> this clause in the technicality. we don't know what's going to happen with that money. in a press conference in front of lapd headquarters, what are you going to do with the money? they said we don't know. it was pulled together by private donors, civic organizations, there's going to be 20 people that have a say. does it maybe go back into the city? there was hundreds of hours of overtime used in this investigation. that's going to be a very expensive bill for the city. but this clause and technicality if the money doesn't go to anybody, it's going to be another black eye to the reputation of the lapd. >> and maybe the families of the lost loved ones could get compensated. >> or the two mistakenly fired
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upon by the lapd. >> that's a great point, nick, thank you so much. good to see you. broken down, crying in court, oscar pistorius charged with killing his model girlfriend on valentine's day. we'll take you live for the latest. [ sniffs ] bacon?! gotta get that bacon! bacon?! bacon! smokey bacon, meaty bacon, tasty bacon! bacon? ohh, la, la... oh, i say, is that bacon?! oh, good heavens! bacon! bacon! bacon! bacon! who wants a beggin' strip? meee! i'd get it myself but i don't have thumbs! yum, yum, yum, yum, yum... it's bacon!!! mmm i love you, i love bacon. i love you. i love bacon. i love you. beggin' strips! there's no time like beggin' time. and check out beggin' thick cut. i'm gonna need a bigger mouth!
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day. joining me now is earl barnette. and earl, pistorius says he didn't murder his girlfriend. and now it seems some are coming to his defense in this. >> reporter: well, it's just completely shocking for south africa. and people around the world because oscar pistorius, the so-called blade runner has such an inspirational story overcoming of disability and becoming the first double-leg amputee to compete in the olympics. the charge that he committed premeditated murder by the prosecution really is shocking to all of those who support him. and there are questions now as to why, then, what could possibly be the reason he would shoot his girlfriend. some are claiming that possibly it was a domestic dispute. but an ex-girlfriend of oscar pistorius has taken to the twitter page to defend him. i'll read you a message she sent from her twitter account saying, quote, i'd like to say i've dated oscar on and off for five years, not once has he lifted a
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finger to me or made me fear for my life. south africans and people around the world are having a difficult time grappling. it's just quite staggering. >> and earl, let's talk about the victim. we're showing pictures of her, just 29 years old, a model. she was an aspiring tv star, as well, is that right? >> reporter: yeah, she was also a law school graduate, she used her kind of microfame to speak out against violence to women. and if you look at her twitter page, she was re-tweeting message about stopping violence against women. that was one report she was going to appear in a school and give an inspirational speech on that topic. she was also about to become much more widely known. in jamaica last year, she shot a reality show. she's a bikini model. and the premise is like many. it's young people frolicking around in exotic locations.
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the production company behind the program is defending their decision to allow the show to premiere here in south africa today saying it's a way for the rest of the world to see and appreciate how beautiful and intelligent she was. now, her family dealing with grief from losing their young -- their baby girl, so to speak, is asking for privacy from the media at this delicate time. so everyone is kind of having a difficult time reconciling how the sports hero could in such a brutally way, allegedly, kill his model and tv reality star girlfriend. but prosecutors, it would seem have enough evidence at this point to feel they can get a conviction. so the blade runner will remain in jail until tuesday, until the next step in this case takes place. >> tragic all around. earl barnette, thanks so much. meanwhile, nike sponsored oscar pistorius, how the company is responding to the latest scandal. catching you up now on the
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week that was, lady gaga's headed to surgery, the pope is headed to retirement, and there's a big change in the air in case you missed the headlines. here's a look back. >> pope benedict announces he is resigning. >> he didn't have the vigor, didn't have the energy. >> there was a moment. >> no! don't, oh. >> cruise ship from hell. >> there's sewage sloshing in the hallways. >> it smells horrible. >> reporter: a crippled cruise ship, a case of cotton mouth, and a pope calling it quits all made the headlines this week that was. pope benedict floored the faithful monday after his bombshell resignation. >> he says he wants to spend more time with his wife and kids. >> reporter: actually, he says he's too old, too tired to go on. >> holy quit! >> reporter: really, though, a pope resigning?
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that's like lightning striking the -- actually, lightning did strike the vatican just hours after the announcement. president obama lit up the house floor tuesday night with his state of the union speech. >> the families of newtown deserve a vote. >> reporter: but it was this moment during the gop response that everyone was talking about. >> false choices like the one the president laid out tonight. >> reporter: senator rubio couldn't spit it out -- >> i needed water, what am i going to do? >> he was hot, a little sweaty, and downright parched. water's the last thing these guys wanted to see this week. passengers aboard this carnival cruise ship stranded for days after an engine fire cut off power. >> we were just out there. and like i said, now that i
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realize it, it was like, oh, my god, i can't believe that. >> it's just been a horrible experience for us. >> reporter: some were so happy to be on land, they actually kissed the ground. we are sure many will just fly to their next vacation. these guys would like that. american airlines announcing this week they will tie the knot with u.s. airways. >> this really is about taking two airlines, putting them together and providing better service to customers. >> post merger, american, will be the world's biggest airline. one of the world's biggest stars is down for the count. lady gaga's got a bum hip. it's so bad she'll need surgery, and that means no more tour. we're guessing no more 10-inch heels either. and that's the week that was. from one star to another, lebron james is setting records and doing things michael jordan
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the greatest basketball players in the world. they're in houston for all-star weekend. but one star is really shining right now. and that is who else but lebron james who has been playing
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record-breaking ball. joe carter has more on the king in this morning's bleacher report. >> saying this really, really makes me feel old. but tomorrow michael jordan turns 50 years old. you know, he's won six nba titles in his career. considered the greatest basketball player ever. but this week, even michael jeffrey jordan wasn't able to do what lebron james was. lebron, the first player in nba history to score at least 30 points and make at least 60% of the shots in six straight games. you know, michael jordan says he prefers kobe bryant over lebron, but even air jordan can argue that the king is playing better than everybody else right now. >> most of us don't know what it's like to be on an nba court and be shooting with that kind of accuracy. >> well, i guess i would say i've been shooting the ball, feels like you're on the beach.
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no matter where you throw it, it's going to land on the water. i haven't shot 100% yet. >> you want to. you were close one night. >> i missed a lay-up. >> and that lay-up bothers you. >> after the fact. during the game i didn't know, but after the game, i said 13 of 14. you blew a lay-up. >> they get personal. yo uh can hear what that they have to say in an exclusive interview. it airs tonight on cnn and hln. so much for being conservative at the start of the season. just ten minutes into the first practice session was our first wreck of the season. he triggered the five-car accident. now, the big issue here, those involved now have damaged cars. which means they'll have to race their backup car next sunday in the biggest race of the season, the daytona 500. all right. let's hook with a slice on ice.
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for the past 12 years, they've laid out 18 holes of golf on top of a frozen lake. it's a one of a kind charity event where they use everything but a golf club to hit the ball. >> i use a hockey stick. i saw a kayak paddle, a golf club, a tennis racket. i shot something from the national guard like a ball out of a cannon thing. >> all right. so for all of your entertaining sports news, head to the bleacherreport.com. makes me want to go to the cayman islands. >> joe, thank you, appreciate it. a professional safety manager finds himself and his wife adrift at sea. we're going to talk to john gobel about surviving what many are calling the cruise from hell. did you just turn your ringer off so no one would interrupt and.us?one. oh no, i... just used my geico app to get a tow truck.
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it is 30 minutes past the hour. welcome back. good to see you, i'm susan hendricks. randi and victor are off today. here are the five stories we're watching this morning. number one is the meteor in russia. today they're cleaning up from the blast.
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terrifying moments, that is a view from russia. the shockwave broke windows throughout the area. around 1,000 people were injured, authorities have blocked off a nearby lake. they think the largest chunk came down on that lake. an underground tank at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site is leaking. as many as 300 gallons a year of highly radioactive sludge is seeping out. that is far less than 1% of what is stored at the world war ii site. the leak poses no immediate public health risk, but he wants the federal government to pay and fix it and to check spores of the other tanks. number three, the boardwalk is on its way back, that is new jersey. and crews yesterday started drivi driving pylons on the sand.
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the $3.6 million project should largely be done by may 10th. residents say the project gives them hope the beloved summer retreat would bounce back from last year's storm. and according to initial autopsy reports, the 33-year-old died from a single gun shot wound to the head that was likely self-inflicted after tuesday's standoff with police. dorner's blamed for killing four people and injuring at least three others as part of a vendetta against his former comrades. number five, the bail hearing for olympic track star oscar pistorius has been pushed back until tuesday. until then, he will be staying in a south african jail. the double amputee known as blade runner is charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend on valentine's day. his agent says pistorius denies the murder allegations. he was such a big name in sports, had huge sponsorships from companies like nike, and now nike is going to do to have
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to do damage control. something it's had to do before. zain asher is covering this angle now from new york. >> yes, susan, nike has seen so many athletes marred in scandal. nike hasn't officially dropped the athlete. it's still early days, but if charges of premeditated murder prove to be true, nike will have to move quickly to sever ties. >> nike sponsored behind the biggest names in sports now dealing with a publicity nightmare with yet another disgraced star. >> they told me i'd never walk. >> the company's $2 million deal with oscar pistorius now hangs in the balance. this after the athlete allegedly shot his girlfriend dead at his home. charges he disputes in quote, the strongest possible terms. >> at the beginning of any crisis, you have to say something. very often we call it dressing up no comment as a comment. >> reporter: the sports giant now doing just that saying nike extends the deepest sympathy and
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condolences, but as it is a police matter, nike will not comment further at this time. but nike's pr migraine doesn't end there. dealing with the unfortunate irony of a 2011 ad saying i am the bullet in the chamber, an ad that has been pulled by the company. scandals are nothing new for nike, a month ago, lance armstrong also endorsed by the company admitted to doping. they accused the cyclist of misleading femme for more than a decade. and then there's tiger woods accused of a different type of cheating. extramarital affairs back in 2009 with nine different women. >> i think in the past, nike's been very slow to respond to a tiger woods situation or other situations. and that really makes the public question what their true motives are. >> reporter: but not all scandals mean an endorsement breakup. nike washed their hands of armstrong but chose to keep woods recently offering him a generous $100 million deal over
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five years. and michael vick convicted of animal cruelty in 2007 also got a second chance when nike resigned his deal in 2011. but for pistorius, things might be different. >> certainly is more serious because it involves a homicide. they should suspend their relationship, i think, until an absolute determination of whether he's guilty as determined. >> and the fact that pistorius is denying these allegations makes things a lot more complicated for nike. the case could drag on for months, possibly, possibly even years. either way, nike's priority at this point will, of course, be to protect the integrity of its brand. susan? >> thanks, zain. appreciate it. how about this? it was free vacation. earned a cruise aboard the carnival "triumph" as part of a incentive program at work and she took her husband john. but when black smoke started pouring out of the engine room, john found himself back in work mode. joining me now by phone is john
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gobel. great to talk to you. how does it feel to be back at home finally? >> it's great to be back at home. i was able to reunite with my son jared, daughter allison, and very happy to be back at home. >> did your kids know while you were on the boat what you and your wife were going through at the time? >> well, it sort of started out, got back on the ship after we left cozumel, and they were having a late night party. and i decided to get a little bit more rest. turned in early, my wife stayed out with some of her co-workers. and she got back to the cabin very late. and then we were awoken to an emergency at about 5:30. they were requesting report to the engine room six.
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and i knew there was something going on. >> so when you heard team alpha and you saw the smoke, what was your first thought going through your mind? did you think you were in big trouble? >> yeah, i knew whenever there's a fire onboard a ship, i mean the ships are pretty much self-sufficient and we're relying on the crews to get the fire put out. >> john, do you think you'll ever go on another cruise again? >> you know, it's funny, i spent half of my life sailing on ships and i'm also a merchant mariner. so i believe i'll be back on a ship again. i enjoy the water. and not so sure about my family and my wife, but we'll have to take it day by day and maybe just have to see. >> you may be going on the next cruise alone. we're glad you and robin are safe. thanks so much.
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>> all right. a lurid tale of sex and alleged abuse, the latest in the trial of accused killer jodi arias.
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a smack in the sky. an idaho man is now charged with assault after he allegedly slapped a small child who was crying on an airplane. investigators say joe rickey hunley also used a racial slur before hitting the 2-year-old. the child suffered a scratch below his right eye. accused killer jodi arias took to the witness stand this week, what a week it was, detailing the graphic and intense nature of her relationship with ex-boyfriend travis alexander, the man she is believed to have murdered. earlier, i spoke with hln's jane velez-mitchell about whether her testimony will help or hurt her case. a word of warning, though, the nature of the trial and testimony is graphic. >> this woman has been on the stand for six days and she hasn't even gotten to the day of the killing and she has accused the victim of everything under the sun. pedophilia, being a pornographer, beating her, being a sadist, and almost as if he is on trial.
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and that's the way she wants it. now, she has talked about some very degrading language that he has used with her. and there are texts and audio, sex phone calls to back that up. would a woman on the jury who may have been in a situation, a relationship where she was sexually degraded find that this testimony resinates with her and this is her moment for subconsciously or not payback to the man who hurt her? i think it could very well break down along gender lines. it's a shocker. the most ex-rated testimony i have ever heard in open court. >> there was a lot of beeping out of a lot of the words in those taped calls. but it seems as though, jane, at times she was a willing participant. so it kind of goes against what they're trying to paint. because on those phone calls, she seems to like it at times. we have a clip and i want you to listen to that and we'll talk about it after.
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>> sure. >> i give you credit as far as your creativity and ideas. i'm game for almost anything you come up with. but you really are a wellspring of ideas. you are like quite the source. >> so she's saying i'm game, and the defense is bringing this in. will this help or hurt their case? >> sure. on another occasion she says, oh, that's so degrading, i like it. so was she an eager participant in kinky sex games? this has raised the whole issue. and i can't believe we've been talking about this on our show of erotic humiliation. and the fact that people do actually become sexually aroused by being degraded and humiliated. it's a whole subset of s & m. and we've had psychologists talking about how often the one who is the bottom actually has more power in the relationship than the top. so really it's opened this door to this whole underground world of very kinky things that happen
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in relationships behind closed doors. does it equal domestic violence? does it make her a battered woman? it's a leap, it's a big leap. can the defense make it? we'll have to see. >> the prosecutor juan martinez, he's been sitting back patiently. we saw a bit of a preview when he was challenging jodi arias on the stand with one of the issues at hand. he has a lot of information here to challenge him. what do you think that's going to be like the first day of cross? >> listen, this is already a one-woman show. i've been calling it the vagina monologues because it's so x-rated. and we haven't even gotten to the day of the killing on direct. and then we have the cross-examination, this could go on for weeks on end, but i think the prosecutor would be best served by doing surgical strikes. going after inconsistencies, like, oh, how did she really injure her finger? she claims, oh, travis kicked her and hit her. well, in the police interrogation tapes, she said the ninjas who invaded the home,
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that was one of her lies before they cornered her into admitting she was there. the ninjas her hurt finger. he has to catch her in these lies over and over. i think the jurors are getting a little bit exasperated. >> and you can watch jane's show and coverage of the jodi arias trial weeknights at 7:00 p.m. on our sister network hln. it was seven days dominated by multiple man hunts and celebrity murders. here's your week of crime in 60 seconds. >> a week long man hunt ends in an inferno. on tuesday, federal and local law enforcement surrounded in a cabin in big bear, california, where charles dorner was hiding. a blaze broke out after tear gas canisters were fired. he killed four people during his rampage, including two cops.
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well, if you were hoping to take advantage of a key program of the obama health care overhaul, your time ran out. administration officials say they won't take anymore applications for the pre-existing condition insurance plan because of limited funding. it's a stopgap program to help people with medical problems who cannot get private insurance. starting next january under the new health care law, insurers can no longer turn anyone away for poor health. it's a good thing. this may make you think twice before you take that next sip of alcohol. researchers say alcohol is one of the leading causes of preventable cancer deaths. a new study in the american journal of public health says drinking alcohol causes 20,000 cancer deaths a year here in the u.s. and it's not just heavy drinking. researchers say even just one drink a day can put you at risk. so most of us know it's good to keep an eye on how much salt
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we're adding to our food. but according to a new study, as many as half million deaths could be prevented over the next decade if we cut down on our sodium. deaths, on average, adults in the u.s. eat more than 3,300 milligrams of salt daily. but according to a publication of the american heart association, if we cut that number down to 2,200 milligrams over the next decade, 280,000 to 500,000 fewer americans will die. and if we cut it down to 1,500 milligrams, 1.2 million deaths will be prevented. who knew it was that serious. desiree nathanson joins me now. how bad is salt for us? we have kind of a layout of the foods you may find the most salt in. >> first, let's clarify, there's a difference between sodium and salt. salt refers to table salt, which is sodium chloride, and it can be found naturally in foods. for instance, milk has sodium naturally occurring in it.
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there's a difference between the salt and the sodium. >> what should we stay away from? >> well, it's not necessarily staying away from, it's cutting back on. we still want sodium because it does serve a purpose. >> we could still have the potatoes and french fries and be okay? >> in moderation. >> one or two chips. >> one or two times a week. sodium helps regulate the fluids in our body, transmit nerve impulses and helps with the contraction and relaxation of muscles. but if we get too much in the body, then the blood volume increases, the heart has to work harder, that leads to hypertension, which leads to kidney disease, heart failure and that's where the problems start occurring. >> do you suggest that people really take a look at the sodium content? i just started doing that and it's shocking when you look at some of the numbers here. this is canned soup, 790 -- >> and look at this here. there's two servings per can, so 790, that's close to 1600 milligrams of sodium and this whole thing of soup. and they're recommending for
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people who are over the age of 51 who have chronic kidney disease, people of african descent they stick with under 1,500 milligrams per day. this would be your entire days worth of sodium if you're on that low-sodium diet. >> if you think, okay, i'll have the soup for lunch, not necessarily the best thing. frozen foods, lean cuisine, they are filled with salt. some of them are getting better. >> yeah. they are packed with salt. but a lot of the packaged foods like this pizza, for instance, thousands of milligrams of sodium. cheese has a lot of sodium in it. the bread. one slice of bread could have 100 something milligrams of sodium. so if you're eating a sandwich let alone a blt with three slices of bread -- >> so what do you suggest we do that maybe has a low sodium content? >> well, we want to stay away from prepackaged processed food. i sound like a broken record, but whole fruits and vegetables, a lot of those, low-fat dairy
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products, lean meats, whole grains, and then you want to cut back on adding salt to foods. table salt, even sea salt, people think this has less sodium per weight, it's the same amount of sodium. >> how practical of a change is this? do you find that people can do it if they put their mind to it? >> i think a gradual cutback is what we need because our palates have gotten used to eating these high-fat foods. don't sprinkle it on here, on this. go with what's already naturally occurring in the food, and that should be an easier transition going from 3,300 milligrams, which is what the average american is getting down to the recommended around the 2,000 range. >> so low sodium. it's acquired taste, but you can do it. >> yes, slowly. small changes. >> thank you. >> thank you, susan. a flash in the sky. this is unbelievable. russia rocked by a meteor. but should they consider themselves lucky? more on falling space debris just ahead.
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